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This collection showcases library-sponsored programs based around the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.



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Educator and historian Sam Thorn discusses the Mexican War of 1846-1848 as a training ground for the military leadership of North and South during the Civil War.
Topics: Mexican War, Lincoln at the Library Series, Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Campaigns.
The 2012 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture is given by Professor Gary Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, United States Civil War, R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture
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Margaret Hobson has researched the 44th Indiana Civil Regiment extensively and has published three books about this brave group of men from Northeast Indiana. She will shares what she has learned about the first commander of the Regiment, Colonel Hugh B. Reed. Before the war, Reed operated Fort Wayne’s first drugstore at the Landing and Calhoun Street. During the war, he fought in the battles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh.
Topics: Lincoln at the Library Series, Abraham Lincoln, Civil War Regimental Histories, 44th of Indiana
Richard Hileman is one of the author/researchers of The Nancy Hanks Lincoln mtDNA Study. Abraham Lincoln was conspicuously silent about the family of his mother, Nancy Hanks. From 1900 into the 1950s, her ancestry was the subject of intense interest and was hotly contested. Hileman investigates new historical evidence revealing the surprising truth Lincoln concealed about his mother's family and ancestry.
Topics: Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Lincoln at the Library Series, Allen County Public Library, Lincoln, Nancy...
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by Gaff, Alan D
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Al Gaff examines some of the personalities in the Sumter garrison, details Major Anderson's defensive arrangements and offers unique insights into how officers, soldiers, and civilians conducted themselves during and after the furious cannonade that inaugurated the Civil War.
Topics: United States Civil War, Lincoln at the Library Series, Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina,...
Lincoln Programs at the Allen County Public Library
by Gilliom, Russell E.
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Dr. Russell E. Gilliom, local dentist and president of the 30th Indiana Infantry re-enactors, discusses the treatment of dental patients during the Civil War era.
Topics: Lincoln at the Library Series, Civil War Dentistry, History of Dentists, American Dental History,...
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by Burris, Michael
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Sergeant Michael Burris, Crime Scene Supervisor for the Fort Wayne Police Department, looks at the Lincoln assassination from today's police perspective.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at the Library Series, Abraham Lincoln Assassination, Lincoln, Abraham,...
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by McPherson, James M.
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Guest Lecturer, James M. McPherson, PhD, explores President Abraham Lincoln's relationship to the American West and discusses Lincoln's lasting effect on the territory beyond the Mississippi River. This is a R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, History: United States, Civil War Period, 1861-1865, West (U.S.) --...
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by Gaff, Alan D
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Civil War historian Al Gaff examines strategy, tactics, and some of the important personalities involved in the August 28, 1862, battle on John Brawner's northern Virginia farm.
Topics: Lincoln at the Library Series, United States Civil War, Second Bull Run, Groveton, Virginia,...
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by Foner, Eric
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Dr. Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, was the annual keynote speaker at the 2014 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture. He spoke about the intellectual, political, and social history of American race relations.
Topics: R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture, Lincoln, Abraham-- 1809-1865 -- Views on slavery
Lincoln Programs at the Allen County Public Library
by Dew, David
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Local historian David Dew gives a detailed description of the days immediately after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the events leading up the capture of John Wilkes Booth.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at the Library Series, John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln Assassination,...
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by Klein, Fritz
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Nationally known Lincoln presenter, Fritz Klein presents a program focusing on the life of Abraham Lincoln.
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Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at the Library Series, Abraham Lincoln presenter, Civil War Reenactor,...
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Al Gaff, Civil War historian, discusses the Battle of Gettysburg and the very different stories of civilians John L. Burns and Charles F. Weakley.
Topics: Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863, Lincoln at the Library Series, John L. Burns, Charles...
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In this 4th annual Rolland Lecture Series, David S. Reynolds, professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, draws comparisons to the lives of Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist, John Brown. Mr. Reynolds discusses events that led up to Lincoln's assassination and the political atmosphere that produced his assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
Topics: Rolland Lecture, Allen County Public Library, John Wilkes Booth, Civil War, Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln Programs at the Allen County Public Library
by Malanson, Jeffrey & Kuebler-Wolf, Elizabeth & Bartky, Elliot
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This panel discussion commemorates the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Panelists investigate the context and effects of the Proclamation and offer varying perspectives—political, historical, and cultural—on the Proclamation.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at the Library Series, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Manuscripts,...
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by Gabbard, Sara V
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Sara Gabbard, Executive Director of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, Inc., presents a talk on President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Lincoln delivered his address on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union victory at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at the Library Series, Gettysburg Address, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865....
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by Holzer, Harold
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Harold Holzer, one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, provides insight and examples of how the image of Abraham Lincoln changed between the years of 1863 and 1865. Holzer traces the evolution of Lincoln from unknown to "secular saint" through a series of photographs, lithographs and paintings.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Early American Photography, Civil War
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Mark Meyer presents a Civil War journey through the eyes of Hoosier volunteer John E. Wilkins. Wilkins was one of the first to answer Lincoln’s call for volunteers in April 1861 and served in the Indiana 11th & 16th Regiments through the war’s conclusion in 1865. He chronicled his experiences in a diary and “notebooks of recollections.”
Topics: United States-- Army. Indiana Infantry Regiment, 11th (1861-1865), United States. -- Army. --...
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by White, Ronald C. Jr
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Dr. Ronald C. White, Jr., a New York Times best-selling author on President Abraham Lincoln, presents the 2011 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture
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by Burlingame, Michael
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Abraham Lincoln biographer Dr. Michael Burlingame presents the 2010 R. Gerald McMurtry lecture.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Anecdotes, Presidents -- United States --...
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Dr. Edna Greene Medford, professor of history at Howard University, presents a lecture celebrating the sesquicentennial of the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dr. Medford describes the atmosphere in Galveston, TX, two and a half years after Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation and gives insights into the events of Juneteenth, June 19th, 1865.
Topics: Allen County Public Library, Juneteenth, Emancipation Proclamation
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by Bartelt, William E
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He was born in Kentucky and started his professional life in Illinois, but Abraham Lincoln spent his boyhood, 1816 to 1830, in Indiana. Learn more about these years in Lincoln's life as William Bartelt presents the 2014 Rolland Lecture "Reflections of Lincoln's Youth in Indiana."
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Rolland Lecture Series, Lincoln, Abraham-- 1809-1865 -- Childhood and youth
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by Jolliff, David
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Dr. David Jolliff speaks on popular perceptions of Abraham Lincoln.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at the Library Series, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865
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Jonathan W. White is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. His research focuses on the U.S. Constitution, the Civil War, and treason in American history.
Topics: United States. President (1861-1865 : Lincoln) Emancipation Proclamation, 29th Annual Lincoln...
Jeffrey J. Malanson is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. His research focuses on the ways the legacies and historical memory of the nation’s founders were used by Americans for a variety of political ends.
Topics: 1809-1865, 29th Annual Lincoln Colloquium
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by Gabbard, Sara
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Sara Gabbard, Executive Director of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, Inc., discusses the ten essays included in the book 1863: Lincoln's Pivotal Year, co-edited by Gabbard and Harold Holzer. This is program is part of the Rolland Lecture Series.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865...
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by Gastineau, Jane
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Jane Gastineau, Lincoln Librarian, discusses Lincoln's struggles with personal loss, conflicting duties and responsibilities, and family divisions and crises during the Civil War.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Friends and...
Civil War expert Jay Crisp explores Abraham Lincoln's continuing prominence in American history and discusses why Lincoln still matters today.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at the Library Series, History: United States, Civil War Period, 1861-1865.
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by Schneider, Thomas E.
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A"Lincoln at the Library" presentation given on November 9, 2014 at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library. Dr. Thomas E. Schneider from the University of St. Francis explores the unprecedented 1864 wartime election and how it still resonates today.
Topics: Lincoln at the Library Series, Abraham Lincoln, George B. McClellan
Nicole Etcheson is Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Her research focuses on the sectional crisis, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
Topics: United States -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865, 29th Annual Lincoln Colloquium
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by Madison, James H
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The first annual Rolland Lecture is presented by James H. Madison, Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Rolland Lecture Series, Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Ethics.
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by Williams, Frank J.
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Lincoln scholar Frank J. Williams, a retired Rhode Island Supreme Court chief justice, discusses the Lincoln family’s move to Spencer County in southern Indiana in 1816, the year Indiana became a state. Williams also lectures about the Lincolns' movement from Kentucky to Indiana as part of the larger westward migration taking place in the United States at that time.
Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Childhood and youth., R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture
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by Gastineau, Jane E.
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Lincoln librarian Jane Gastineau presents some of the election releated materials drawn from the holdings of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of election tickets, pamphlets, cartoons, campaign newspapers and other ephemera.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at the Library Series, Allen County Public Library, Lincoln Financial...
Follow Lincoln's body as it travels from Washington to Springfield in 1865. Watch as Lincoln's tomb is built, rebuilt, and rebuilt yet again. Hear about the bizarre circumstances of Lincoln's casket being opened five times and moved approximately fifteen times after his arrival in Springfield.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Friends of the Allen County Public Library, Abraham Lincoln's Tomb, Abraham...
Hoosiers like to think that our greatest president derived his greatness from his youth growing up in Indiana. In fact, Abraham Lincoln rejected many of the values of 19th-century Indiana. Indiana was a Democratic state; Lincoln was a Whig. Indiana was a black law state, with legal discriminations against African Americans; Lincoln’s policies as president would end the black laws. Lincoln left Indiana at age 21 and like many a youth, he choose a path for his adult life that differed from his...
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Indiana History, Abraham Lincoln's Childhood, Spencer County Indiana, Lincoln at...
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by William E. Bartelt, Dr. Brian Dirck, Dr. Nicole Etcheson
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In celebration of the bicentennial of Indiana statehood and the arrival of the Lincoln family in Indiana, historian William Bartelt, Dr. Brian Dirck, and Dr. Nicole Etcheson will present a program on “The Emergence of Lincoln: Because of or In Spite of his Hoosier Roots?”
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at the Library Series, Indiana History, Friends of the Lincoln Collection...
The Hon. Roger Cosbey, retired Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, presents "The Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy Trials & Their Aftermath," an exploration of the trials of the seven conspirators arrested after President Lincoln's assassination and their outcomes. This program was the second in the 2017 Lincoln at the Library series and is supported by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at the Library Series, Lincoln at the Library Series
Roger Billings, professor emeritus at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law discusses the 1862 Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of settlers and interrupted Union Army recruitment. After the Sioux defeat, 303 Sioux prisoners were condemned to death by a military tribunal. Lincoln stayed the execution of all but 38. What followed was the largest mass execution in U.S. history.
Topics: 1862 Sioux Uprising, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Relations with Dakota Indians., Lincoln at...
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by Brookhiser, Richard
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Journalist, biographer and historian Richard Brookhiser speaks about the male role models of Abraham Lincoln and how they impacted the development of Lincoln's ethics, opinions and beliefs.
Topics: R. Gerald McMurtry Lectures, R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture, Friends of the Lincoln Collection of...
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by Gabbard, Sara V.
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Lincoln scholar and author, Sara Gabbard explores the events and personalities surrounding Mary Todd Lincoln's 1875 trial for lunacy and her commitment to Bellevue Place Sanitarium.
Topic: Mary Todd Lincoln, Lincoln at the Library Series
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The Ian and Mimi Rolland Foundation make a lead gift of $1 million toward a $5 million fund drive to create the Rolland Center for Lincoln Research at the Allen County Public Library. Speakers include Larry Rowland, former Chairman of Lincoln Reinsurance Companies and friend of Rolland Family, Greta Southard, Director of the Allen County Public Library, and Mimi Rolland.
Topics: Rolland Center for Lincoln Research, Allen County Public Library, Abraham Lincoln, Ian Rolland
Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels lectures about the importance of civil discourse in the nation's polarized political climate.
Topic: Rolland Lecture Series
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by Miller, Debra
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Chicago actress Debra Miller presents in 'Mrs. Lincoln's Salon' a picture of Mary Lincoln that is both sympathetic and truthful. Mrs. Lincoln's Salon takes place in the Executive Mansion Blue Room on April 4th, 1865. The audience is invited to reminisce with Mrs. Lincoln about her childhood, her days in Springfield, her children, and the approaching end of the Civil War. The performance draws from Mary Todd Lincoln's own letters to friends, family, and political figures of the era.
Topic: Mary Todd Lincoln
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by Cable, Shannon
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Shannon Cable presents a lecture about the fashions and artifacts of the Civil War era. As the nation remembers the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincolns assassination and the end of the Civil War, Cable presents an insightful look at the mourning rituals of nineteenth century America.  
Topics: Mourning customs -- United States -- History -- 19th century., Mary Todd Lincoln
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by White, Ronald C.
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Ronald C. White is a New York Times Best Selling Author of 3 biographies on Abraham Lincoln and is the author of American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant which became an instant New York Times Best Seller in October of 2016.
Topics: Ulysses S. Grant, R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture
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by Harris, Kathryn
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Kathryn Harris presents a first-person historical program as Harriet Tubman - the abolitionist, humanitarian, and civil rights activist who guided slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad before the Civil War. Following her presentation as Tubman, Harris answers questions from the audience about the program and historical interpretation. Harris is an educator, librarian, and historical interpreter. Harris retired from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum as its library...
Topics: Underground Railroad, Civil War, Harriet Tubman, African American Activist, Abolitionist
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by Gastineau, Jane
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For Americans, there was little “peace on earth” on the Christmases of 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864.  But even as the Civil War raged, the holiday was celebrated in soldiers’ camps and civilian homes.  And even though most of the traditions that we think of when we think of a Victorian Christmas—Christmas cards, Christmas trees, Santa Claus—were relatively new to Civil War-era Americans, they were part of the celebrations. Lincoln Financial Foundation Collectio Librarian, Jane...
Topic: Christmas
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by Mackie, Jr. Thomas D.
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Presented by Thomas D. Mackie, Jr., former director of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Americans’ memory of our 16th president dominates the over 70 museums, historic sites, archives, and libraries devoted to him. Scattered relics hoarded by groups of devoted Lincoln followers in the 19th and early 20th century created a pattern for his public memory and these museums’ collections, fashioning a merger between reverential shrines...
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
April 1865 was a month that could have unraveled the nation. Instead, it saved it. Senior scholar of history and public policy at the University of Maryland, Jay Winik, offers a brilliant new look at the Civil War's final days that will forever change the way we see the war's end and the nation's new beginning. 2019 ACPL McMurtry Lecture recorded in the Allen County Public Library in Indiana, USA.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Siege of Richmond-Virginia, American Civil War, History
Artist Wendy Allen explores her 35-year experience creating portraits of Abraham Lincoln. Wendy Allen painted her first portrait of Abraham Lincoln in 1983. The 16th president soon became the focus of her art, and she has painted hundreds of images of him. In 2007 she left a career in educational publishing to paint full time.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Rolland Lecture Series, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Portraits.
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by Collins, Susan--Helmke, Paul--Young Switzer, Jo
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Panel Members: Paul Helmke, former Mayor of Fort Wayne -- Jo Young Switzer, retired Manchester University President--Magistrate Judge Susan Collins. Panel Moderator for the evening: Andy Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, Associate Professor-Purdue Fort Wayne.
Topic: 2018 Lincoln Symposium
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Both Lincoln and FDR faced and overcame nation-threatening crises during their presidencies—yet approached their leadership challenges from completely different life and educational experiences. One of them—Roosevelt—at least had the opportunity to study and learn from Lincoln; the other used George Washington as his model. How did each leader deal with Congress—the military—the media—a restless electorate—as well as mortal threats to the very survival of this country? Harold...
Topics: Roosevelt Franklin D. -- (Franklin Delano) -- 1882-1945, Lincoln Abraham 1809-1865.
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by Dr. Katherine Fleck, Paul Helmke, Gene Policiniski
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America in 1861 was deeply divided and Americans were angry and confused. America in 2019 is deeply divided and Americans are angry and confused. All partisanship aside, the news and analysis of today underscores one more time: The presence of Abraham Lincoln on the American scene remains a force to be invoked in the time of Twitter just as it was in the time of the Telegraph, featuring panelists Dr. Katherine Fleck, Paul Helmke, and Gene Policiniski.
Topic: Political Science-- Political Ideologies -- Conservatism & Liberalism